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Gannett, Gatehouse talking merger

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoloFlyer, May 30, 2019.

  1. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    Breaking this out of the Gatehouse/Schultz thread because this is worth a new discussion.

    Report from Wall Street Journal that Gatehouse/New Media and Gannett are talking merger.

    Gannett, GateHouse Media in Merger Talks

    If you run into a paywall, here's a non-paywall summary.

    Gannett holds merger talks with Gatehouse Media

    Not only is this a potentially terrifying merger of the two worst newspaper owners in the country, but at what point does it become a monopoly/anti-trust concern for one entity to own so many newspaper outlets?
  2. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    It would be tough. Newspapers compete with a lot of other places to provide news. Newspapers compete locally so one company owning a lot of papers across the country isn't an issue.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    GannettHouse sounds like the worst sitcom ever.
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Gatenett is a close second.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    The two entities richly deserve each other.

    Journalists and readers, however, deserve infinitely better.
  6. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

  7. rtse11

    rtse11 Active Member

    There will be a ratio of about 12:1 of executive vice presidents of one thing or another to reporters
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  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    If a suit develops an "initiative" but there aren't any worker bees to carry it out - does it make a sound?
  9. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Let's write what comes to mind when you think of Gannett, then Gatehouse. Gannett: Suits, suits and more suits coming up with not only bad ideas but some of the worst ideas in the history of American business. The first company to really treat the reporters and copy editors horribly. Gannett was the first company to start the "yearly evaluations" in which suits ordered the supervisors to give bad grades to hold down raises. The decision to give good reporters bad grades probably has been one of the most despicable decisions in history of any business. Purposefully telling an employee he's average to crap just to make sure raises are miniscule. Despicable company. The company grade from Fredrick: F. A solid F.
    Gatehouse: More repulsive than Gannett of late. Has stormed to the front of cut-throat places to work. People fear for their jobs on a daily basis because of all the cuts implemented by Gatehouse. Pretty much has decimated all the newspapers it has purchased. Despicable suits, but not as many as Gannett. All Gatehouse shops are poorly staffed, all of them need more bodies. Gatehouse more than any chain has probably turned good to decent newspapers into trash. Company grade: F. Anybody with any self respect will NOT work for a news outlet for either company.
  10. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    Maintaining one's self respect by withholding your labor may feel good in the short-term. But sometimes it is necessary to work for a sleazebag company to pay for life's essentials.
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  11. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    It’s all immaterial, man.
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  12. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    Fifty years ago railroads were in decline. The Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central Railroad in 1968 and with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1969. The combined companies filed for bankruptcy in 1970.

    I think a Gannett-Gatehouse merger would quite likely lead to the same outcome.
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